Monday, March 25, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links



1.  My closet is in the cloud.

2.  Divorce in the UK. Deciders, not sliders.

3.  Calling out Chelsea.

4.  If you're worried about stocks, buy a house.

5.  Dem candidates on housing.

6. I understand that AirBnb presents regulatory challenges. But this dumb sh*t is clearly not the way to go.

7.  On a "national divorce."

8.  How a "foreign correspondent" might cover the scandal on US college admissions.

9. Instagram: Hive of conspiracy theorists?

10. Did capitalism save Sweden?

11.  Dune.

12.  Is capitalism sustainable?

13.  Little tiny baby fox puppies.

14.  This is from May 2017. But the wall STILL won't work.

15. The best argument for capitalism is the grocery store. It seems mundane, but it's pretty great.

16. A panda trying to get into a hammock.

17. Witch Windows....

18. Clearly, I live in a bubble. Had never heard of Scruff. Reducing all sorts of transaction costs.

19.  The end of significance.

20.  The Electoral College is just federalism.

21.  Zoning and "political capitalism."

22.  Mother Russia.

23.  Guy writes article where the tl;dr is "If you are an idiot like I am, you should drop FB."

24.  Escaped Wallaby Walkabout would be a great name for a band.

25.  The EC is okay, but it's not worth defending at all costs. It is, in fact, an anachronism.

26.  In Tomorrow 3.0 I talk about "saltation" as an alternative to separation. But it's not really happening.

27. How many chuggas before the first choo?

Grand Lagniappe:









Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Eternal employment.

2.  The nanny state gets all real.

3.  I do want to thank all you kids. Yes, I'm already rich and all. But it's good of you younglings to pay for all my healthcare anyway. We just need more of you. I plan to be expensive.

4.  The Momo hoax. Local news is an active participant.  Including the ridiculous talking heads at WRAL, our home news fabricator here in Raleigh.  Embarrassing.

5.  Famines no longer exist, unless there is a war or a state uses famine as a weapon of genocide. Capitalism is not the only reason, but it's a big part of the reason this is true.

6.  Now that Amazon is up to 5% of the retail market, they must be broken up. Wait, what? That's 5%, folks. Not 50%, just 5%.

7.  He's tall, he's rich, he's got good hair and creamy white skin. Why should Manafort have to be in some icky jail? Well, because he's a $^&%*^&% criminal, for one thing.

8.  Tipping flight attendants. But it's only on in-flight purchases. I tip in the Sky Club. Why not in the sky?

9.  On Ilhan Omar. To her credit, criticizes Obama.  Good for her.

10.  I'm not sure people who advocate socialism "don't understand" what socialism is. But I know that we disagree about what socialism is.

11. "The Walk" was not good.

12.  Researchers, or corporate allies?

13.  The dishwater of orthodoxies.

14.  Facial recognition.

 15.   W F Buckley.

16.  Aid to Venezuela?

17.  Not sure this is real. But it says....something. Not sure
just what.

18.  Images of the divine.

19. I'm not sure this is on the up-and-up. Twice? Same store?

20.  People who believe in magic always want to destroy technology, because they think it's magic.

21. Occupational licensing. If we can't get rid of it, perhaps we can just start it in prison?

22.  This is interesting. CNN recognizes that war increase new viewership, perhaps? Because it turns out....

23.  Luxury car subscription.

24. My Duke colleague Jack Knight, on political science

Grand Lagniappe:  Remember how you drew cars when you were 5 or 6? It lives.






Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links





1.  Universal state-supplied child care seems like a good campaign plank for Senator Warren. But it's very bad public policy.  If you believe in evidence, at least.  

2.  An illegal AirBnb empire. Whether it SHOULD be illegal....well.....

3.  Clearly, the male-only draft system does discriminate. Anything that employs differences is discrimination, after all.

4.  Prostitution is not the same thing as human trafficking.

5.  Debt. And China.

6.  Whoa. Not hypothetical.

7.  The trolley problem, only real. And a sweet ending.

8.  Jeffrey Sachs is a genius, as he will tell you immediately. But....not always right. And now he's equally confident that the GND is a good idea. Reminds me of "Trade wars are good, and easy to win."

9.  Life among the wokescolds.

10.  NOAA report on global climate.

11.  Minimum wage.

12.  Cell phones.

13.  We live in an age of wonders. This is available for free, whenever you want to watch it. 

Grand Lagniappe:  A possible new logo for Nike?


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  In fairness, what would YOU do, if someone was vigorously urinating on you? From the snake's perspective, this was just self-defense, people.

2.  This is not very difficult. The dude was at a meeting of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY, fercrissakes. He can say what he wants. If you don't like it, tell him, or organize your own meeting, party, or movement.  Twitter, same thing: block him, criticize him, knock yourself out. But you can't fire him or punish him on his job. If I have to like everyone someone else says, we're way to close to you having to like what *I* say. And I don't want that.

3.  Who's afraid of Howard Schultz?

4.  Conflicts over western range lands.

5.  Economy comes out of hole, does not see shadow of shutdown.

6.  It is hard to point to instances, at least since 1960, where U.S. "intervention" has had a positive result. For anyone, not even for the U.S. And again. Here is "Two Weeks Notice" on Venezuela.

7. I missed this. Why don't you people tell me things?

8.  Corey Booker. A piece of work.

9.  In honor of the day: Don't drive angry! It is disturbing to think that the "prediction" is decided in advance. But, then, you can just look to see if it's cloudy....

10.  The skyclad Jains and the forest monks.

11.  Trump got slapped, a little bit at least, in ways that might matter.

12. B. Caplan: The unearned compliment of "neoliberal."

13.  I have no idea how much, if any, of this is "real."

14.  I think the tl;dr of this is: "Because we want to bring people together to discuss ideas, we cancelled an event scheduled by a certified student group that would have brought people together to discuss ideas."

15.  This is beyond "1st World Problems." 

Grand Lagniappe (from  KPC friend Mark Perry) :





 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  Admitting you were wrong is hard. That's why I never do it.

2. Notes left in parking lots.

3.  The octopus whisperer.

4.  Not clear what the crime is here. The guy chopped up his own stuff. Perhaps it SHOULD be a crime to be 34 and to care that much about your "action figures," but it's not.

5. That 402 error....

6. Reputation index software is inevitable. It's not a question of whether you want it, it's a question of how you are going to deal with it.

7.  I want to be a fan of school voucher programs.  But the evidence is pretty mixed. Or, is it?

8.  Rebel Alliance fights United Federation: Who wins the battle?

9.  Hagfish.https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/hagfish-slime/581002/ That's all, just hagfish. But that's enough.  Still, I wanted to know more about that Prius in the picture.

10. If you only read one thing about the "MAGA boys on the Mall" non-incident, read this. If you read two things, read that and then also this.

11.  Does the right need to "grow up" on environmentalism?

12.  Libertarians ready to scream at vast, empty uncaring sky when government reopens?

13. They detected an odor of vanilla on her breath....Ick. And hard to understand. Even imitation vanilla extract costs more than $0.60 per fluid ounce, and cheap vodka costs $0.40 per fluid ounce or less.

14. Toxic masculinity and the male gaze are phrases I had not even heard two years ago. Yes, that likely says I live in a bubble.  The male gaze, in particular, is obviously important and worth being aware of.

15. Jeffrey Sachs on the campus free speech "crisis."

16.  A frustrating story to read. Mistaken identity and odd sanctimony are a dangerous mix.

17.  It is interesting that middle class white leftists get all upset about inequality, whereas people who genuinely care about the poor (rightly) focus on poverty.  They are NOT the same problem.  And I'm not even sure inequality is a problem in the first place. It is unjust to treat a murderer and a prize-winning high school science teacher the same way.  Isn't it?

18.  Very interesting interview with Barry Weingast.

19.  Tamales.

20.  Pave the muddy paths.

Grand Lagniappe:  This is precisely what it would be like to play checkers with Murphy pup.




Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Community policing.

2.  Have the Dems gone from 7 Dwarves to 20 Smurfs? And even if they have, that still may be better than 1 Gargamel. Though Trump seems to me more like Dr. Robotnik. The question is this: Who is Snively, McConnell or Pence?

3. A pretty good description of why the Dems are going to lose the 2020 Pres election, and they just don't care. In fact, the idiot who wrote this doesn't even know.  They all just have a bunch of demands.

4. Down the fracking hole.


5.   Jeremy Corbyn finds that it's hard out here for a wimp.

6.  I missed 9 of 43. Can you do better? It's not easy.

7.  Don't understand how a suicide bomb attack means we have to keep troops in Syria.  Don't know why we are there at all. Without U.S. involvement, there would BE no ISIS in the first place. I don't mean the Iranian canard; I just mean conditions.  We always get it wrong, and make things worse. Stop doing that.

8.  Weaponized Interdependence.

9. Is it getting harder to inluence the Fed?  You have to recognize that Congress could still do it.  And if it wants to, it can.

10.  JBJ Soul Kitchen: Livin' on a prayer.

11.  "All your base are belong to us."  Original video source, here's description.

12.  Piece of evidence #39,671 that journalists don't understand transaction costs: Ugly food is "wasted" because it will be damaged or not survive shipping

13. Aaron Sorkin pretty much tells everyone under 30 to get off his lawn.  Just another grouchy old guy.

14. Back to the caves.

15.  What was Rudy G thinking?

Grand Lagniappe:   This image is a Rorschach for our age.  I think it is one of the creepiest things I've ever seen. When I said this on twitter, a lot of people protested the young man was "provoked." But that's beside the point. Whatever else is true, this image, by itself and without context, is chilling and will be famous.  However, it turns out that the entire video tells a MUCH different story. A watershed moment: you see an image, you see the story someone else has attached to it, and you share, both the photo and emotional reaction. But there is no reason to believe the image tells the whole story, or that your outrage is justified. Here is Nick Sandmann's statement, if you haven't seen it already, about the context for the photo.UPDATE: From WaPo. UPDATE 2: The collapse of context.






Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cold Today, Hot Tamales

Working on the menu for B-camp, in May, at Park City.

My previous efforts at meso-American cuisine have been okay, but my attempts to make tamales have been dismal.  Made them again over the past two days (prep time not that much, but quite a lot of time between steps).  And, delightful.  Really tasty.

Below: Still enhusked, in the steamer, and unwrapped and sauced.






















They were great, among the best I've ever had (though I have usually only had tamales in restaurants, and those "Mexican" restaurants may not be very good, since they are mostly for gringos, rather than meso-Americanos verdaderos).

The innovation (for me; this may be common among home-made recipes, and I just don't know it) (UPDATE: Clearly a part of Mexcian-Jewish fusion recipes!!) was to use the chicken fat--of which there was plenty after boiling down 4 pounds of bone-in, skin-on thighs--instead of lard. Lard is fine, I don't object to it, but schmaltz is both delicious and (in this case) free and immediately available.

Recipe (if you can call it that) for dough:  1 unit masa, 1/3 unit schmaltz, 1/2 unit (or so, have to feel it) of reserved liquid to boil down chicken), plus baking powder and salt.  This scales, so an example might be 3 cups masa, 1 cup schmaltz, 1 1/2 cups liquid, one tablespoon baking powder and one tablespoon salt.

Chill the schmaltz, whisk together dry ingredients. Mix schmaltz into dry ingredients with fingers (think biscuit dough).  Should look like pebbles, pretty dry. Add liquid a little at a time, until you get the right consistency.  Work it a bit and then let it sit five minutes, then fabricate in the usual way. Don't over fill the dough on the corn husk, it's just a flavoring. This dough stands on its own well, moist and a little bit fluffy, not as heavy and greasy as one usually gets in restaurants.

(UPDATE: "real" Mexican sauces are much thinner and lighter than American chunky salsas. This one was great for tamales: three tomatillos, half an onion, and three roma tomatoes, roasted under broiler for a few minutes, then run in a blender with some comino and half a cup (!) of Tapatio. Yes, I know that Tapatio is made in California.  I love Tapatio, and it is much hotter and has less salt than comparable cheap American hot sauces.  You can get a quart of Tapatio for under $4, and the particular flavor is perfect, for me at least, for tamales.)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Angus Deaton: The U.S. system encourages rent-seeking.

2.  World's Oldest Restaurants.  Sort of puts those "Since 1979" signs in perspective.

3. The Year in Search.

4. End of year columns from two Daves, Collum and Barry. (tl;dr--It boofed)

5.  Books are hot.

6.  Oreos are NOT vegan. Suppose you see someone who is vegan eating because there is a myth that Oreos are vegan. You are not vegan.  Should you tell them?

7. Increasingly interesting question: If you own a vehicle/appliance/phone/computer, can you repair or modify it? What really do you own?  Article 1. And Article 2. And Article 3.  On the other hand, some things survive unchanged for a long time, until we aren't sure of their actual origin.

8.  BP makes a claim that is classic "broken window fallacy."

9.  Anarchapulco. In which my man JT appears to be having some kind of ecstatic experience.

10.  The Graham-Paul war for Trump's brain. Even tiny territories can be hard to control, it seems.

11. Booze-monks.

12.  Foreign wars morph into domestic control.

13.  EN-B makes a good point. The only reason Louis C-K is "out there being heard" is that you folks are giving him a platform. You can't think that the people who heard the set didn't know the content of the set. All you are doing is advertising for the man.  And, sure, signalling your virtue to the tiny bubble of like-minded censorious cretins you hope to gain approval from.

14. A nice history of Westerly, hometown of the LMM. 

15.  Titania McGrath is back!  Most excellent.

Grand Lagniappe: 2018--the Year We Lost Hope


Okay, seriously, the real GL:

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links


 1.  Right to repair, explained (with thanks to Mr. Overwater).  Should these kinds of contracts be legal? You don't have to buy the product, after all.  Old issue of "tying," of course. Here are the "2018 highlights" for right to repair.

2.  I have no idea how much, if any, of this is real. Please help. In addition to all the other strangeness, the notion of a "vegan condom" has me staring out the window. What the.... (Did some checking. Goodness.)

3.  It's not really fair to blame the USPS for its inability to fund the lavish retirement bennies Congress promised employees.  That should be covered separately. But as it stands, they goin' down. 

4. Pretty impressive to get all natural and go kick down some Xmas decorations. Especially in Wisconsin. Pretty cold for nekkid decoration kicking.

5. Had never seen this. PBS did a Gordon Tullock video. On voting. Called Voting Schmoting.

6. Will transaction costs reduction spell the end of brick-and-mortar retail?

7.  Year of the Old Boys.

8.  Bannon goes full "Bond Villain." In a castle.

9.  Titanoboa.

10.  Home Alone, 2018 update.

Grand Lagniappe: Remy thinks it's beginning to look a lot like Christams....





Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Making people valuable again.  Why, oh why, do so many folks fetishize jobs?  If stuff is almost free, they think that's a bad thing because there are fewer jobs.  And the jobs pay less.

2. Amar Bhide on the 2% solution.

3.  It is unacceptable to display the swastika; should the hammer and sickle be treated that way, too?

4.  He din' go out like a punk.  Brothel owner dies after major birthday party, still wins election, in Nevada.

5.  Angus is always a fan of "divided government." Because divided they bicker, rather than do stupid stuff.

6. Kim Davis is out.

7.  Toy library: sharing is apping.

8.  Classical liberalism and the problem of class.  My review of Hart, et al.

9.  Much of U.S. "aid" in Latin America is really a prop to thuggish dictators.  To paraphrase Ted Williams, "If you can't do do much good, you shouldn't do so much."

10.  Spoon Theory. And More. The original post.

11.  Florida Man, on midterms.

12. Promotion in Econ: Tyranny of the Top Five.

13. Tillman's wife, on "What Pat Would Have Thought."

14.  There was this. (about 1:00 for the Crenshaw part). And then this is pretty interesting.  Whole thing worth watching, but the part at 2:20 is quite funny. Some background.

15. In his own way, Woody-Wil was the Trump of his era. Only with extra eugenics.

16.  Charlottesville, with hindsight.

17. Peanut flavored.....IPA

18. Troubling truffles are not to be trifled with.

19.  Soon the meme will be "Google Trump," a frothy mix of...... (I mean if the Santorum can critique on likeability, and be right, it's only a matter of time).

20. It's actually true that it's hard to be poor in DC.  It's true. Yes, she has some money coming in soon, but it's a mistake to mock someone who is critiquing the DC housing market.

Grand Lagniappe:  "Hakuna THIS matata, you marsupial!"